Have you ever had to make your child do something that broke your heart? You know, something that was hard for them, maybe made them cry, but you knew they had to go through it? Think: dealing with a fight with friends at school, getting a shot, or taking yucky medicine.
It hurt you, too, right? Maybe you cried once you got alone. You wished you could take away your child's pain, but you knew you couldn't. It was something they needed to go through.
I realized recently that this is probably how God feels. When we have trials and tribulations, I believe God sits in Heaven weeping for us, his children. He wishes he could take away our pain, but he knows we have to go through whatever trial it is we are walking. He knows we must go through it to get to where we are going, but he sure wishes we didn't have to have so much pain. The book of Psalms tell us that God keeps our tears in a bottle. He hurts when we hurt, just like we hurt when our children hurt.
God's love is a parent's love.
This realization helped me so much when it came to accepting my life's circumstances, and not only accepting them, but also being thankful for them. Thankful? you say. That is a post for another day, and it took me a long time to get to that point. And truthfully, I'm not sure I could say that if my situation hadn't turned out the way it did.
What about you? Are you going through something that you don't see why God doesn't stop it? I hope you will come to see, like I did, that God is a loving father who cries with you.